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For the love of Stanislaw Lem

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message 1: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments Chime in if you have a love of Stanislaw Lem like Bryan and Tom. No haters please!


message 2: by Casey (new)

Casey | 654 comments Haven't read him yet, but really want to.


message 3: by Joanna Chaplin (new)

Joanna Chaplin | 1175 comments What's his most accessible work?


message 4: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara (seanohara) | 2365 comments Joanna wrote: "What's his most accessible work?"

The Cyberiad is one of the best sci-fi comedies ever written.


message 5: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments It's short stories too, so you can take them in small bytes.


message 6: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4204 comments I enjoyed Solaris. I listened to the "definitive" edition from Audible, which was really good.

No idea on Memoirs or any of the other stories.


message 7: by Alicja (new)

Alicja (darkwingduckie7) | 63 comments My dad has an entire collection in its original Polish, it was the first sci-fi I read as a kid. Its what made me love sci-fi in general. I must make some time to re-read them now again.


message 8: by Michal (new)

Michal (michaltheassistantpigkeeper) | 294 comments Heck yeah. Lemme get my hands on some more Lem!


message 9: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments Or...you could see the Congress movie based on one of his books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkDyK...


message 10: by Michal (new)

Michal (michaltheassistantpigkeeper) | 294 comments Well...kind of based. I don't remember the woman from The Princess Bride being a character in The Futurological Congress.


message 11: by Jlawrence, S&L Moderator (new)

Jlawrence | 964 comments Mod
Sean wrote: "Joanna wrote: "What's his most accessible work?"

The Cyberiad is one of the best sci-fi comedies ever written."


Agreed, The Cyberiad is accessible, imaginative and funny. I remember The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy, another collection of linked short stories, being pretty approachable, too. Some of the situations Tichy gets into might be conceptually twisted - but it's all handled with a light, humorous touch.

Solaris is more serious - solid, spooky speculative fiction. Imaginary Magnitude - a book of introductions to (non-existant) books of the future - is also interesting, if not quite as good as those others.

But yes, I like the Lem. If we'd read any of the above instead of opaque and post-modern-tricksy Memoirs Found in a Bathtub as an official S&L pick, we would very likely not have lem as a verb (and what would the S&L set's dragon be named then!).


message 12: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments I've heard the new audible translation of Solaris is much better.


message 13: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 4204 comments Tamahome wrote: "I've heard the new audible translation of Solaris is much better."

It's the one I listened to and loved. Luke loved it, too.


message 14: by Michal (new)

Michal (michaltheassistantpigkeeper) | 294 comments I read it in Polish. The old English translation was translated from the French translation of the Polish original.


message 15: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara (seanohara) | 2365 comments Jlawrence wrote: "But yes, I like the Lem. If we'd read any of the above instead of opaque and post-modern-tricksy Memoirs Found in a Bathtub as an official S&L pick, we would very likely not have lem as a verb (and what would the S&L set's dragon be named then!)."

Yeah, I liked Memoirs, but it's not a book I'd recommend to anyone who isn't a Lvl 12 English Professor with +5 PoMo. It's like trying to get someone hooked on Tolkien by giving them a copy of The Silmarillion.


message 16: by Ivi_kiwi (new)

Ivi_kiwi | 87 comments I also liked the ijon tichy stories. I read them in german and i liked the translation.


message 17: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments Happy Birthday Stanislaw Lem!


message 18: by Tom, Supreme Laser (new)

Tom Merritt (tommerritt) | 1158 comments Mod
Sean wrote: "Jlawrence wrote: "But yes, I like the Lem. If we'd read any of the above instead of opaque and post-modern-tricksy Memoirs Found in a Bathtub as an official S&L pick, we would very likely not have ..."

I KNOW!

heh


message 19: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6376 comments Head writer David X. Cohen says Stanislaw Lem was a big influence on Futurama on the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. http://geeksguideshow.com/2014/09/19/...


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